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Posted at 5:36 PM ET, 03/22/2005

Tea and Blossoms

By washingtonpost.com

In my life it's always tea time, but sitting down to formal afternoon tea is one of life's lovelier pleasures. The historic Willard InterContinental Hotel is now offering afternoon tea in its Peacock Alley, Wednesdays through Sundays from 2:30 to 5. Visitors are presented with a choice of more than a dozen teas along with finger sandwiches, pastries and scones, complete with jam and Devonshire cream, all for $28.50 per person. Champagne and sparkling wines, offered by the glass, will cost you extra.

If the menu doesn't grab you, the setting might: A live harpist serenades tea-sippers and cherry blossom branches line Peacock Alley just for the season. Throughout the Cherry Blossom Festival, a special cherry-flavored tea will also be available.

-- Maura

By washingtonpost.com  | March 22, 2005; 5:36 PM ET
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I AM COMING TO D.C. FOR THE FESTIVAL. PLEASE RECOMMEND OTHER TEA ROOMS.

THANKS

Posted by: honeysug2@aol.com | March 25, 2005 6:45 AM | Report abuse

I AM COMING TO D.C. FOR THE FESTIVAL. PLEASE RECOMMEND OTHER TEA ROOMS.
THANK YOU

I AM,
honeysug2@aol.com

Posted by: honeysug2@aol.com | March 25, 2005 6:47 AM | Report abuse

The Madarin Oriental Hotel also does a tea that sounds great. I have been to the Ritz Carlton in Tyson's. They have a nice tea but no view.

Posted by: rene | March 28, 2005 7:56 AM | Report abuse

The Mandarin Oriental does have a great tea -- and might offer views of cherry blossoms as well. The Four Seasons in Georgetown, the Jefferson and the Ritz at 23rd and M are also terrific tea spots.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2005 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I think the Mayflower Hotel has a lovely tea.

Posted by: Melissa | March 29, 2005 10:40 PM | Report abuse

How much does the tea at the Mandarin cost? Anyone know?

Posted by: Elle | May 4, 2005 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Try the Hay Adams, its across from Lafayette Park/White House. Very nice tea. Remember your tea hats!

Also, Teaism at 8th and D has an asian spin of the formal tea. Very worth it!

Posted by: Amy | December 7, 2005 9:02 PM | Report abuse

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